WHEN: September 17-20, 2015 Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sunday at 2:00 pm
WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque
Tickets: $10 Thursday, $18 general admission w/ $3 discount for seniors and students
Teatro Paraguas launches its 12th season and its second appearance in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Siembra Latino Theater Festival with a premiere production of Santa Fe playwright Alix Hudson’s play Our Lady of Mariposas.
The play, which builds a story of a family in southeastern New Mexico around the massive die-off of monarch butterflies in the winter of 2002, will be presented in the Wells Fargo Theater at NHCC for one weekend of performances beginning Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm.
portrait of the playwright as a young girl
playing the role of Anza in Our Lady of Mariposas
Manuel (played by Jason Jaramillo) is trying to raise his seven-year-old daughter Esperanza (played by Maya Sanchez)
Our Lady of Mariposas, directed by Argos MacCallum, is the latest offering by TP of plays by New Mexico playwrights. Founded in 2004 by a group of international artists and actors, TP is dedicated to producing bilingual poetry and theatre, and contemporary Hispanic/Latino plays. Since then, TP has staged 48 productions, including 12 in its ¡Poesía Viva! poetry performance series, which honors international and local poets who wrote in Spanish. Many of these productions have been presented at NHCC.
Teatro Paraguas has also produced plays by New Mexico playwrights Angelo Jaramillo, Rosario Roybal, Linda Pedro de Martinez, Joey Chavez, Patricia Crespin, Robert Benjamin, and Mary Mier, among others.
Alix Hudson is a teacher, playwright, and all-around theatre person. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in play writing/drama in 2011, where she participated in close to 40 productions. She wrote her first draft of Our Lady of Mariposas in early summer 2011, when her life-long love of Monarchs and milkweed blended with an unshakeable image of a little girl, who could not stop asking where her mother was. Learning more both about the horrors in Grants and the vernacular richness of New Mexico has lead to the current version of this play.
Alix has done a variety of teching and performing in northern New Mexico. Most recently she has had acted in the
She teaches bilingual, special education preschool in Santa Fe.
Director Argos MacCallum is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Teatro Paraguas. He has worked with various New Mexico theater companies since 1970, including Teatro Nuevo Mexico, Wise Fool New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Playhouse. His directorial credits include Life is a Dream, Fuenteovejuna, September Shoes, Camino Real, Fortunato, and El Delantal Blanco. He is also a stage and film actor, with appearances in Breaking Bad, Appaloosa, Night Shift, and other films.